Books: A Day at the Circus

CAT MAN (310 pp.)—Edward Hoagland—Houghton Mifflin ($3.75).

Reading this novel about circus life is a little like lifting a splendid rug and finding that unspeakable things have been swept under it. In this case the sweepings are human beings. Author Hoagland, a young Harvardman now serving in the Army, has written a first novel that falls far short of real consequence, but is alive with very real people and very real animals. It makes the circus world itself as startling and brutal as the sudden roar of a lion at five yards.

Author Hoagland does not deal with the gay and colorful spectacle...

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